What’s the only thing worse than not having a functional air conditioner on a scorching hot summer day? Havingan emergency AC repair technician come out to fix a problem that wasn’t a problem in the first place. If your AC seems to be malfunctioning, here are a few things to check first before reaching for the phone.
When your air conditioning stops working, here is a brief checklist of questions to ask before you call for an emergency AC repair:
Believe it or not, emergency AC repair companies have received calls from people who weren’t aware that the power is down in the neighborhood. This could be due to bad weather or construction in the area. Before calling for emergency repairs, check with other neighbors or see if there is any construction happening nearby. Social media apps like Nextdoor can often help provide answers.
Air filters are what allow cool air to flow through the vents and ducts of your AC unit. These filters prevent your HVAC unit from overworking. But our homes are filled with particles that can get caught in these filters: mainly dust or pet hair. Check to see how dirty your filter is before calling for emergency AC repair. You may just need to replace the filter to have the unit working again.
Water safety switches are a common safety feature in AC units. This is what stops the unit in the event of a water leak or flood. Check the water in the pan underneath the AC unit, and flush the drain line if there’s any fluid blockage. This should get the unit to start working again.
The switches inside your circuit breaker can get tripped for a variety of reasons. If this happens, you can simply reset it. If it happens frequently, you may need an electrician to inspect your circuit breaker. Circuit breakers trip for safety reasons, but this should not be a common occurrence and you could have an underlying problem in your wiring.
These are a few additional things to check before you call for emergency AC repair:
It’s possible that your fan control or compressor wore out. This tends to happen when your AC unit turns on and off several times throughout the day. Many AC systems have wire or terminal corrosion, in which case, you may need to check your electric connections before making a call for repairs.
Your AC unit has a sensor for the thermostat, which can be found behind the control panel. This feature is what measures the air temperature as it enters the evaporative coil. Sometimes that sensor gets knocked at an odd angle, which can cause the whole unit to act strangely. The sensor should be near the coil but do not touch it. You can adjust it by gently bending the wire that keeps it in place.
Summer heat can be unpleasant at best, and potentially dangerous at worst without a functioning air conditioner. If your AC unit is malfunctioning, and all of the above suggestions check out, call Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric: one of the most trusted names in South Florida for AC repair. To schedule an appointment call today at 1-800-475-1504.
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